Leaked: Pep Guardiola’s message to Arsene Wenger over Sterling transfer

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The Manchester City manager had largely kept his counsel on Raheem Sterling claims

Pep Guardiola served up not one but two digs at Arsene Wenger last week over his Raheem Sterling claims.

Arsenal were well-beaten by Manchester City (with the help of an offside goal) at the start of the month but the Gunners boss stole the headlines after the game by brandishing Sterling a diver – and repeated the slur a few days later.

City’s coach had largely kept his counsel on the issue, but two recent comments suggest he will not forget Wenger’s words in a hurry.

Sterling was given a penalty in the win over Huddersfield, and Guardiola claimed he should have had another moments earlier before throwing in an aside for the Arsenal boss.

“Before it was one! Two clear penalties – maybe Arsene will say that is a penalty,” he said.

That came just days after he turned the conversation onto Sterling when asked about retrospective diving charged in light of the Oumar Niasse incident.

“Always football is a quick game, a fast game, the referee has seconds to decide, so complicated, sometimes it helps,” he said.

“I don’t know what will happen in the future. We decided from the beginning of the season they are going to ban, we knew it so that’s what it is. That’s why I was so happy that Raheem against Arsenal was not banned.”

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